Larry Sheets

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Larry Sheets
Larry Sheets.jpg
Iowa House of Representatives District 80
In office
January 14, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPurdue University
Master'sUniversity of Michigan
Office website
Campaign website
Larry Sheets is a Republican member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing District 80. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Sheets earned his B.S. Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Sheets served on the following committees:

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2015
Economic Growth
Environmental Protection
Labor, Vice chair
Local Government


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sheets served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Sheets' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Job Issues

  • Excerpt: "Creation and retention of manufacturing activity in Southeast Iowa."

Fiscal Issues

  • Excerpt: "The power to tax is the power to destroy. The power to borrow for the People is the power to enslave the people. These powers need limiting…"

Social Issues

  • Excerpt: "Removal of activist judges who impose their will on the people."



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Larry Sheets was unopposed in the Republican primary and faced Deb Ballalatak (D) and Jared Godby (I) in the general election after Ballalatak filed to run on August 15, 2014.[3][4][5] Incumbent Sheets defeated both Ballatak and Godby in the general election.[6]

Iowa House of Representatives District 80, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Sheets Incumbent 59.5% 6,241
     Democratic Deb Ballalatak 30.8% 3,232
     Independent Jared Godby 9.7% 1,020
Total Votes 10,493


See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sheets ran in the 2012 election for Iowa House of Representatives District 80. Sheets ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 5, 2012, and defeated Joseph Judge (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Iowa House of Representatives, District 80, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Sheets 50.4% 7,271
     Democratic Joseph Judge 49.6% 7,161
Total Votes 14,432

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sheets is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Sheets raised a total of $103,837 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 20, 2013.[7]

Larry Sheets's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Iowa State House, District 80 Won $103,837
Grand Total Raised $103,837


Sheets won election to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Sheets raised a total of $103,837.


Sheets and his wife, Carolyn, have eight children.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark S. Lofgren (R)
Iowa House District 80
Succeeded by